Georges Seurat

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Full NameGeorges-Pierre Seurat
Birth2 December 1859, Paris, France
Death29 March 1891 (aged 31), Paris, France
Known ForPainting
Notable WorksA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Bathers at Asnières
Art MovementsPost-Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Pointillism
PartnerMadeleine Knobloch
TechniquesChromoluminarism, Pointillism, Conté crayon drawings
Early EducationÉcole Municipale de Sculpture et Dessin, École des Beaux-Arts
TeachersHenri Lehmann
InfluencesEugène Delacroix
First Exhibited WorkConté crayon drawing of Aman-Jean at the Salon in 1883
Major WorkA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886)
Family BackgroundSon of Antoine Chrysostome Seurat (father) and Ernestine Faivre (mother); had an older brother, Émile Augustin, and sister, Marie-Berthe
Father’s OccupationFormer legal official and property speculator
Artistic StyleCombined sensibility with logical abstraction and mathematical precision
Impact on ArtInitiated Neo-Impressionism, altered the direction of modern art
ResidenceMoved several times in Paris, including living at 136 boulevard de Magenta and 16 rue de Chabrol
Military ServiceCompleted a year of military service at the Brest Military Academy

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